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Get your fill of locally produced Joetsu alcohol; including sake from 18 breweries, doburoku unrefined sake, wine, and beer. Additionally, there will be refined sake and wine tasting, local food pairings, exclusive selling of matsuri-zake (sake served for the gods in the festival), and a live concert.

■Date/Times
Saturday, October 21nd to Sunday, October 22rd ,2017
Saturday, October 21nd : 11:00-20:00
Sunday, October 22rd : 10:00-16:00

■Location
3,4,5 Cho-me shopping district, Takadahoncho, Joetsu City

■Cost
1,000 JPY if participating in the sake and wine tasting (tentative)

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“Ayakomai,” a significant intangible folk cultural asset, is being performed at its traditional location.

Designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset by the national government in 1976, the Ayakomai dance is performed publicly every year on the second Sunday in September at the square in front of the Ayakomai museum.

Time
12:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. (as planned)

Venue
The square in front of the Ayakomai museum, Onadani, Kashiwazaki City

Directions
30 minutes by car from the Kashiwazaki IC of the Hokuriku Expressway

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Searching for the 'town's treasures' around the village shops of the castle-town.
A festival exhibiting the folding screens and folk art which have been handed down from generations in the village shops of the flourishing castle town of Murakami. Enjoy and be entertained by village shops and appreciate the artistic beauty of many folding screens moving from door to door around the village.

Venue:Kyuchonin-machi area, Murakami City

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Epic!
The battle of clashing horns that unfurls at the bullfighting arena is a sight to see!
Period May 3rd to November 5th, 2017
Time Matches begin at 1:00 p.m.

Venue Ojiya Togyujo (Ojiya Bullfighting Area), Koguriyama, Ojiya City

Directions 15 minutes by car from JR Ojiya Station (Joetsu Line); shuttle buses will be available.
Shuttle buses will run from Sun Plaza in Ojiya City to the Togyujo via Ojiya Station.

Cost
Regular seat: 1,000 JPY (open air)
Special seat: 2,000 JPY (covered by a roof)

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See the brave clashing of bulls that weight over a ton!
Yamakoshi is the only place on Honshu where you can see this traditional event.
Unlike Western bullfighting, no bulls are killed in Japanese bullfighting. Instead of facing humans, the bulls fight each other until one gets too tired to continue.
Period May 4th to November 3rd, 2017

Time Doors open at 10 a.m., matches begin at 1:00 p.m.
*will not be cancelled due to rain

Venue Yamakoshi Togyujo (Yamakoshi Bullfighting Arena), Nagaoka City

Directions 30 minutes by car from JR Nagaoka Station (Shinetsu Line)
30 minutes by car from the Ojiya IC on the Kanetsu Expressway

Cost 2,000 JPY per person
(Children younger than elementary school age are free if accompanying a parent or guardian.)
*Please bring a mat or tarp to sit on instead of a seat.

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The former house of Kan-ichi Nakano, known as the Oil King of Japan, is open to the public. The garden includes the Nakano Residence Art Museum and 2000 maple trees. The blazing colors of the autumn leaves are a must-see. During the festival, concerts and miniature bonsai tree exhibitions will be regularly held.

Dates:
October 24th to November 23th,2015

Location:
Sekiyu no Sato Park/ Nakano Residence Museum of Art, Akiha-ku, Niigata City

Cost:
Nakano Residence Museum of Art : 700 JPY for adults, 500 JPY for college or vocational school students, 100 JPY for elementary, junior high, and high school students

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Enjoy the natural artistry of gorgeous flowers!

More than 1000 pots of locally grown chrysanthemum flowers will be on display in the grounds of Fuko-ji Temple.
The exquisite “Chrysanthemum Arch” made with rare types of chrysanthemums will stand at the entrance gate to welcome everyone

■Dates
Monday, October 31th to Thursday, November 10th , 2016

■Location
Bishamondo, Fuko-ji Temple, 2495 Urasa,Minamiuonuma City

■Directions
● 5 minutes by foot from JR Urasa Station (JR Joetsu Line)

■Cost
Free

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You will be amazed to see and eat the 600kg jumbo onigiri rice ball made of freshly harvested Koshihikari, Niigata’s famous brand of high quality rice. Also, many other enjoyable events will be carried out such as a farmer’s market of fresh vegetables, a raffle of Nagaoka specialty products, and many refreshment booths.

Date/Times: Sunday, October 23th, 2016

Location: 788 Nakanoshima, Nagaoka City
(in the vicinity of the Nagaoka City Nakanoshima branch office)

Directions:
●”Nakanoshima-Shisho mae” bus stop on buses headed to “Bunsui Eki-mae” departing from JR Nagaoka Station Ote Exit Bus Platform 11
●5 minutes by car from the Nakanoshima-Mitsuke IC on the Hokuriku Expressway

Cost: Free

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After a traditional ceremony is carried out, floats gorgeously painted with red or black lacquer will be vigorously paraded through the town. Led by a float dedicated to Ofune-sama, the god of ships, nine floats will be marched around to celebrate the port town.

■Date
Tuesday, October 18th to Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

■Location
Iwafune Shrine (Iwafune, Murakami City)

■Directions
● Approximately 8 minutes by car from the Kamihayashi-Iwafuneko IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway

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From ancient times, Niigata has had a strong connection with water and land as a port town and a major river town. This connection is the theme for the Water and Land Art Festival. Artists from around the world will display their artwork in the lower Shinano River area in the heart of Niigata City.

Location:
(Main location) Bandaijima former waterfront, 4 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata City;
Shinano River Yasuragi-tei Embankment;
other areas in Niigata City

Directions:
●By bus: Take a bus from platform 13 of the Bandai bus terminal in front of Niigata station to the Toki Messe bus stop, right by the location
●By car: 30 minutes from the Niigata Nishi IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
●By water bus: Take the Shinano River Water Shuttle to the Toki Messe Boat Landing, right by the location

Tickets:【Art Festival Passport】
●General admission: 2,000 yen (1,500 yen in advance)
●Discounts for students and senior citizens
●Free for junior high and elementary school students

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People will walk in a circle around a heap of timber (pine) covered with cypress leaves while it is blazing to pray for good luck and drive away misfortunes or troubles. After the heap has burnt down, people will walk barefoot over a bed of hot embers one after another to pray for health and longevity.

■Dates
Sunday , October 2nd , 2016

■Location
Kokujo-ji Temple, 1405-15 Kokujo, Tsubame City

■Directions
● 30 minutes by car from JR Bunsui Station (JR Echigo Line)
● 30 minutes by car from the Sanjo-Tsubame IC or Nakanoshima-Mitsuke IC on the Hokuriku Expressway

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This event sees all of the factories in the metalworking region of Tsubame-Sanjo open their doors to visitors.
You can visit a number of factories to really feel the manufacturing heart of the region.
These factories are normally closed to the public, but during this festival you can see the workers in action, talk to them, and even participate in workshops.

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